New York Irish mother's plea for her missing daughter
Cathy Meehan Wray disappeared a year ago, and her family wants her back
An Irish mother in Queens is asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of her 49-year-old daughter who went missing a year ago to contact her immediately.
Kathleen Meehan, a County Cork native, is reaching out to members of the public in an effort to locate her daughter, Catherine (Cathy) Meehan Wray, after she left the country a year ago and hasn’t been heard from since
Meehan, who came to the U.S. in 1955, married a County Kerry man John and had three children, Tommy, Mary and Cathy, has spent the past 12 months sitting by the phone waiting for her oldest child, Cathy, 49, to make contact.
Wray, a stockbroker and registered nurse, last spoke to her father on June 7, 2008. She told him she was going to Ohio.
Meehan remembers the call only too well.
“We were up in our home in the country [Greenville, New York]. Cathy didn’t seem to want to talk to me but she spoke to her father and told him she was going to Ohio. And as far as I know she didn’t know anyone there,” Meehan said.
Wray went to Ohio but returned two days later. On June 16 she asked the doorman of her building to hold her mail because she going away and would be back at the end of the summer.
That was the last time anyone saw her.
It was later discovered that Wray flew from New York to Geneva, Switzerland that same day.
“I just don’t know what is going on or what to do. Cathy has never been in touch and it’s heartbreaking to not know where she is or if she is okay,” said Meehan. “I just wish to God she would call.”
Family's last sighting
The last time Meehan saw her daughter was at their family home in Middlevillage, Queens about a month before she left. “She let on that everything was good but I could read between the lines that it wasn’t,” remembers the Cork woman.
There wasn’t a word or a trace from Wray until she cashed a check in France last August.
“There has been no paper trail since August,” said Meehan.
Meehan, unable to sit idly by anymore, enlisted the help of County Cork-born, New York-based private investigator Olwyn Triggs.
According to Triggs’ investigation, Wray contacted her real estate agent in September and told her she was traveling to Switzerland and staying at a beautiful place.
“The post mark on the Fed Ex envelope that arrived in New York with the apartment keys matched this statement,” said Triggs, who is on the case pro bono.
Tragic death of Cathy's husband
Wray was married to a handsome stockbroker, Mike Wray, a relation of the famous actress Martha Wray. They had a beautiful apartment in downtown Manhattan, and although they had no children, they were blissfully happy for the 10 years of their marriage.
However, eight years into their marriage, Mike was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died two years later in December 2001. Wray, who nursed her husband for two years before he passed away, never got over his death.
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